Friday, October 31, 2014

october thirty-first

Five for October 31st:

Halloween for Jane. Number three. She has thus far been a pumpkin, a chicken, and now Minnie Mouse. This will be her first year trick-or-treating, and the excitement is palpable.

Halloween for myself. Number thirty-seven. Mercyful Fate on Spotify, trying to resist the call of the candy, avoiding anything labeled “spooktacular”, and living vicariously through my kid.

Burritos. The crave cannot be denied: one more try at Seoul Taco today with Tom. I need a win.

Cool stuff. Selling crap on eBay, lunchtime curb skating, catching up on Walking Dead, popcorn Friday, Lifeblood Service for the Sick video, Blue Oyster Club theme song on a ten minute loop.

Weekend action. Pretty commitment-free weekend coming up, which is a nice thing every now and then. Maybe checking out the new South Grand Rooster, skateboarding, Hell Night at Firebird, and raking the back yard are all on the schedule.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

october thirtieth

Five for October 30th:

Trops in Soulard. Because what Soulard needs more than anything is a place for its already-drunk patronage to get stratospherically drunker.

Perched. Tony Hawk continues to bathe in the fountain of youth and churn out mind-blowing vert parts despite nearing fifty years old. This one is a must-watch.

Fun fact. You can purchase the entire series run of Tommy Lee Goes To College on DVD on Amazon for one cent. Which seems a little steep.

Cool stuff. Early Man t-shirt, Dave Mirra warehouse session 1996 footage, Tom Mabe Halloween prank, Snakebite BMX, dance parties with Jane.

Daylight savings. It ends Sunday, officially signaling the headfirst plunge we are about to take into the depressing abyss of early darkness, frozen pipes and iced-over car windows. Fuck winter.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

october twenty-ninth

Five for October 29th:

Coffee clutch. Went to Starbucks this morning to pick up a slice of banana bread and ended up with a handful of 13 free Italian Roast Vias, compliments of the barista. Wednesday morning is off to a good start.

Sore throat. Started feeling a little gnarly yesterday. Hopefully some peppermint tea, numbing lozenges and extra strength gel caps will do the trick.

Rent is too damn high. You can officially buy an entire town in Connecticut for less than the cost of an apartment in Brooklyn. And it’s charming.

Cool stuff. New wristwatch, Early Man on Spotify, Santa Cruz Claus Grabke “exploding clock” reissue, inside Tony Hawk’s Perched video part, my little fashionista, Resurrection in Ramona.

Unbelievable Compton Heights mansion. If I were a rich man I would buy this place, fix it up, hire an actual live-in butler, die there, and then haunt it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

october twenty-eighth

Five for October 28th:

Skating. Super fun Ramp Riders session last night with my brother and crew, despite a sore left ankle. Branching out from the mini-ramp and hitting a few other parts of the park when the bike traffic is low has opened up new worlds.

Fugazi Merchandise demo. “We'll never hear a new Fugazi record, so the best that we'll have is a series of live recordings, overanalyzed bullshit on the importance of this record or that, and this, the first demo that eventually became 13 Songs. Check out the first track to be released, "Merchandise," and lament the days gone by.”

Seoul Taco. Their move to a new and bigger location cannot come soon enough. Tried again yesterday to find yet another line out the door and no seats anywhere, which was a massive burrito-themed bummer.

Cool stuff. Fresh box of Sumatra K-cups, $5 skate bag, more leaf-pile action, praying mantis in the backyard, the case for drinking as much coffee as you want, free Powell-Peralta stickers in the mail.

Tuesday soundtrack. Distillers, Public Enemy, Husker Du, Splatcats, Minutemen, Unwound, JFA, Sparta, Rival Schools.

Monday, October 27, 2014

october twenty-seventh

Five for October 27th:

Josh and Jane. Despite not having seen each other in over a year, by the end of the day yesterday the two of them were pretty much inseparable- the highlight being Jane making Josh dance with her for thirty minutes straight at Kevin and Kimi’s wedding with nary a break.

Unseasonable. Sunny and mid 70’s to low 80’s all weekend, almost hitting 90 today, and I plan to enjoy it while it lasts. It feels weird to be wearing shorts and a t-shirt with Halloween five days away, but you won’t hear me complaining.

Skate shite. Get Rad for Ray, Rumble in Ramona and Thrasher Halloween Hellride footage, McGill and Hawk OG reissues nearly out, Berrics buys The Skateboard Mag, Ramp Riders session tonight with Josh and Andy.

Cool stuff. Coffee in the park/Brightside STL plant planting, Peanut butter Puffins, the guy from Staind fucks up the national anthem, pumpkin carving and leaf-pile jumping, Seoul Taco, Sons of Anarchy season 6 on Netflix.

R.I.P. Jack Bruce. I don’t often (ever) quote Flea, but “one of a kind greatness” definitely says it all about Jack Bruce. All Cream on Spotify today.

Friday, October 24, 2014

october twenty-fourth

Five for October 24th:

The 90's. I feel sort of sad that my daughter will never get to experience ending up at some weird Goth party at the Argyle Apartments in the Central West End, standing around while a bunch of dudes dressed like the Crow sit there listening to Sisters of Mercy by the glow of a single red light bulb, and leaving after about 30 minutes to go do something marginally cool.

Josh in STL. Haven’t seen my brother in well over a year, and it will be awesome to hang out with him for a bit this weekend and upcoming week. Jane has announced plans for a “big hug”, so she appears to be excited for the visit as well.

Running man. Made it to the gym, but due to some weird stiffness I only did about 2.75 miles of my planned 3.1. Can’t win ‘em all.

Cool stuff. History of Video Games documentary on Netflix, Golden Grahams, Calgary’s Mental Block skate house for sale, peak backyard fall colors, bribing Jane into good behavior, amazing vintage Schmitt Stix ad.

Weekend action. Kevin’s wedding at Hi-Pointe, Ramp Riders session with Andy, scattered houseguests, pumpkin carving, paint stripping, coffee consumption.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

october twenty-third

Five for October 23rd:

Gym night. Been putting it off all week, but a 5K is happening tonight. Rain, sleet, or snow.

Walking Dead. This has to be the most nightmarish, cringe-inducing season yet, and we’re only on episode 2. Definitely not for the weak of stomach.

Guilty pleasure. As much as I hate to admit it, the only thing keeping me from getting an Egg McMuffin every day is the pure shame that would come with it.

Cool stuff. Awesome sunrise, much-needed haircut, listing more stuff on eBay, donuts at work, back deck officially paid off, lunch with Seth and Tom, Jane's spooky shirt, carrot fries, Marlins Man.

Darkness falls. Only ten precious days of daylight savings left, but it’s already getting dark so early there’s barely time to get Jane to the park after work anymore. I dread this time of the year, every year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

october twenty-second

Five for October 22nd:

Bike score. Rescued a dumpstered 1993 Diamondback BMX on the way home yesterday. Wasn’t sure what it was initially, and had to scrape some of the shitty white spraypaint off to uncover the decal. Structurally, it’s all there: good tires, chain, even the brake works. A little tuneup and some cleanup and it’ll be ready to hit the track. A fun winter project, if nothing else.

Rachel Maddow listens to Bad Brains. Would you expect anything less?

A lament for dead bars. Some of these were a bit before my time, but I spent more awesome and formative late-teen and twenty-something evenings at the Side Door, Tangerine, Other World, Mississippi Nights, Hi-Pointe, and Frederick's than I can possibly recall (notably absent are the Rocket Bar and the original Cicero's basement bar, IMHO). Great article.

Cool stuff. Janey makes a masterpiece, new issue of The Skateboard Mag, RIP Google Glass, iced coffee, the Cramps on Spotify, Schlafly Oktoberfest, the origins of Devo’s theory of de-evolution.

Morning drums. Every Wednesday I can squeeze in ten minutes or so of bashing around before leaving the house. This morning’s jam consisted of Two Minutes to Midnight and Powerslave before the sticks were holstered.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

october twenty-first

Five for October 21st:

Monday night. Rad: played in the backyard with Jane and had awesome homemade tikka masala. Sad: didn’t get to watch our normal new episode of The Walking Dead on Amazon. Rad: got in an awesome skate session at Ramp Riders with Kenny, Andy, Brian and Chris. Sad: our wifi at the house was down, anyway.

Mega hookup. Lisa and I recently got a brand new four-burner, stainless steel gas grill, complete with temperature gauge and stovetop, free from a friend. We’ve basically used it every night since we got it. It’s definitely next level.

Stark realization. It just dawned on me that the number of times I've had to use algebra in my life and the number of times I've had to use that "MRC" key on a calculator in my life are exactly the same (spoiler alert: zero times).

Cool stuff. Morning coffee cruise, Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love, satellite photos of Earth in the 1960s, new framed Janey pictures, 3 Kings, most offensive skateboard graphics collection, cheap gas, Florida Georgia Line's new album decimated.

Tuesday soundtrack. Balzac, Jawbreaker, John Coltrane, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Twisted Sister, ALL, Exodus, Thee Shams.

Monday, October 20, 2014

october twentieth

Five for October 20th:

Orbit. Finally got a chance to really hang out in there for a bit on Friday for Kevin’s bachelor party hangout. Cheap drinks and some good pinball machines, including the jaw-dropping Last Action Hero.

Adventures abound. Yesterday, Jane road-tripped to Illinois, saw the Piasa bird, rode a camel, played in a bounce house, went on a hayride, picked some apples, saw her first caterpillar, and danced to some live music- all before her first nap.

Strange Donuts. Their maple bacon donut is the best donut I have ever had in my entire life. Just thinking about it right now is making me drool.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, Des Peres Aldi, 70-degree weather, surprise check in the mail, Gevalia on autobrew, worm glue, cooking on the new grill.

Getting rad. Aside from a quick PVC slider dork-around on Saturday morning, this weekend was totally devoid of skating. Making up for it with a session at Ramp Riders tonight with the usual suspects and possibly some lunchtime rolling in the Loop.

Friday, October 17, 2014

october seventeenth

Five for October 17th:

Baseballin’. Good run for the Cardinals, but alas- it was not meant to be. That said, having another home-state team in the World Series seems to be good enough consolation prize for most.

The Loop. To walk down Delmar these days is to engage in an almost unwinnable game of human Frogger- avoiding shitty street musicians, clipboard-wielding activists, homeless beggars, and the clinically insane. However, yesterday I was stopped by a guy who was handing out free vintage comic books, no strings attached. Silver Surfer from ’89? I’ll take it.

Why we need to fix St. Louis County. “When a local government’s very existence depends on its citizens breaking the law - when fines from ordinance violations are written into city budgets for the upcoming year as a primary or even the main expected source of revenue - the relationship between the government and the governed is not one of public officials serving their constituents, but of preying off of them.”

Cool stuff. Star Wars in real world snapshots, new (free) stainless steel barbecue grill, blueberry muffins, good Janey drop-off, popcorn Friday, getting paid, clearing out the last of the residual backyard junk.

Weekend action. Kevin’s bachelor party, taking Jane apple picking, Shonen Knife at Firebird, Clifton Park, running, skating, and probably the last lawn-mow of the season.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

october sixteenth

Five for October 16th:

Big girl. Jane started full-time in her new (2+) class at school today. Not the easiest drop-off ever, but she’s a trooper, and will undoubtedly be running that classroom in no time.

Shit show. I lost my dad to Fox News is a must-read and an unfortunately close-to-home description of how my own grandfather spent his latter years. Only you can help break the cycle of ignorance.

Freedom from religion. An atheist who was jailed for refusing to go along with the “higher power” portion of his state-mandated drug rehab just won two million bucks. A small victory for sanity.

Cool stuff. Morning waterfall visit, new issue of Eleven, sunshine after four days of gray mist, 5K run tonight, strawberry Pop Tarts.

Ramp riding. Awesome session at Ramp Riders last night with Andy and Jimmy. That place has been ruling lately. Good temperatures, mellow crowds, and just a general comfort level on the mini-ramp that I didn’t really have last fall/winter.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

october fifteenth

Five for October 15th:

Weeknight shredding. Ramp Riders season is officially upon us. Mini-ramp sesh tonight with Andy and crew. Come out and jam.

Dear Netflix. How long can a title really be considered a new release? I ask only because Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive has been showing as such for at least two years now. Also, A River Runs Through It is apparently a sports movie.

Terminal skateshop. Short and awesome video about a dude in NYC who runs a small skateshop from his apartment. A must-watch.

Cool stuff. Officially debt-free, Midgar via Minecraft, beginning of the end for Mark Furrer, Sumatra k-cups, hardcoreoldschool on Instagram, Comic Book Men.

Potluck. The cure to another bleak, rainy day: a giant crock-pot of chipotle chicken alfredo, fresh-baked bread and a whole table full of assorted snacks at the office.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

october fourteenth

Five for October 14th:

Running. Good 5K at the gym last night, following 1.5 miles the night before. They even stayed open the whole time. Taking a few days off before the next round.

Homework: an unnecessary evil? Reaching back in time to high-five myself in fifth grade for being totally right. TOTALLY RIGHT.

Live After Death. Hands down the best live rock album ever (with the possible exception of Live at Leeds), Iron Maiden’s Live After Death is 29 today. Was 1985 really 29 years ago?

Cool stuff. Framed Janey zoo portrait, new Walking Dead, Halloween candy, November Coming Fire, Harold Hunter Day VIII, women hold the front lines in Ferguson, play-doh basketball, vampire graves.

Tuesday soundtrack. Rites of Spring, Les Savy Fav, Unwound, Sparta, the Kinks, Torche, Dio, Big Boys, Motards.

Monday, October 13, 2014

october thirteenth

Five for October 13th:

Jane turns two. My little mouseketeer turned two over the weekend. We rang it in with a house full of family members and a gift/balloon/cupcake-fueled celebration. Amazing to see what a difference a year makes; from last year’s overwhelmed infant to this year’s glowing toddler.

Gym failure. Realized 1.5 miles into my 3.1 mile run last night that the gym was closing, which was a major bummer as I was just starting to get a good stride going. Going back tonight to finish the job. Trying to do two 5K runs a week through October and November- a lofty goal, but totally doable if I don’t get lazy.

Playoffs. Seeing replays of last night’s nail-biter of a game two was enough for me. If I’d been watching in real time I might have had a heart attack.

Cool stuff. Drinks with Chad at Crow’s Nest, breakfast pizza, afternoon coffee at Rise, potential basement finishing project, building playsets for Jane (and then playing with them), Bones Brigade series 5, Elephant Jason Adams Slappy Hour short-run.

Skating. Mega fun mini-ramp session at Ramp Riders yesterday with Andy, Jesse and Chris. Felt really comfortable and stuck a couple of tricks I was previously struggling with. Good times.

Friday, October 10, 2014

october tenth

Five for October 10th:

Taj Mahal. Sensing our disappointment that it wasn’t available at the buffet, our waiter brought Lisa and I a complimentary dish of Palak Paneer yesterday at lunch. Definitely some A-level restauranteering. As a side note; Palak Paneer should always be available at an Indian buffet.

iPhone 5. Lisa finally upgraded her cracked, decimated iPhone 4 yesterday to a 5 (which by today’s standards is considered ancient) and I’m jealous of how awesome it is. Even though there’s nothing wrong with my 4, it seems totally worth the $30 upgrade just for the talk-text feature by itself. Also, Siri is (begrudgingly) kinda cool.

Older and wiser. I can’t believe this little stinker is turning two this weekend. Seems like it was just yesterday we were sticking those 2 and 3-month stickers to her onesies and trying to get her to sit up on the couch for five seconds without tilting over. Happy birthday, goofball.

Cool stuff. Friday donuts, block captain sightings, no-sew buttons on order, late evening pizza, Exile on Main St, Powell-Peralta Tony Hawk bottlenose/McGill snakeskin reissues just in time for Halloween, Clifton Park fall clean-up.

Weekend action. Jane’s second birthday party/actual birthday, errand-running, Hell Night at Firebird, drinks with Chad before he moves to London, 5K run, skating.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

october ninth

Five for October 9th:

Ben Raybourn In Transition. My favorite skater out there right now bar none. This part is worth watching just for the barefoot frontside grind on the old school Tony Hawk board alone.

Bikeage. I may have linked this before at some point, but it bears repeating. Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things is worth a read for anyone and everyone.

Running in place. Quick 5K on the treadmill last night felt good. I’m learning- years late- that just finding a good pace and maintaining it is the best way to get a good run. When I get competitive with myself is when I get burned out.

Cool stuff. Taj Mahal lunch date, Goo-Gone, 1920’s treehouse speakeasy, Performer project: phase II, Cheese Nips, good weekend plans.

Can someone be too smart to be a cop? The answer is yes, although I’d argue that’s relatively obvious.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

october eighth

Five for October 8th:

Skateboarding. Super fun mini-ramp shred with Andy at Ramp Riders last night followed by a dork-around on the slider in the parking lot. Got yelled at to “get the fuck out of the road” by some dude- and am feeling sore this morning- so mission accomplished.

St. Louis in October. Cardinals clinched their fourth NLCS in a row and the seventh since 2004 last night. We’re spoiled.

United Provisions. The new grocery store/restaurant in the Loop has an unparalleled selection of Jarritos and other ethnic sodas and snacks, to say nothing of their well-stocked organic produce and other goods. I’ll definitely be going back often.

Cool stuff. New gas grill, STL Public Radio completely pwns the city of Ferguson, trail mix, fresh skate shoes, backyard antics with Jane and Henry, morning drums.

The Genius of Julius Pitzman. Very interesting article about the architect of some of the most iconic spots in St. Louis, including our very own Clifton Park.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

october seventh

Five for October 7th:

Cardinals. Nice solid win over the Dodgers at home last night. One more tonight and we can call it a series.

Performer project. Inspired by the retro-sticker job on this 2003 GT Performer, I started stripping the gaudy stock stickers off my white garage sale Performer last night with plans to replace them with some sweet repros. Just need about $25 and some goo-gone and it'll be a done deal.

Video game wonderland. Someone is selling off the most insane complete collection of old school video games, systems, and memorabilia on the planet earth. Only 164K on eBay. Anyone wanna go halvsies?

Cool stuff. Blind Eyes Great Lakes demo track, Requiem for Mike Brown, French dips, playing basketball with Jane, lunchtime roll-around.

Tuesday soundtrack. Kiss, Minutemen, Van Halen, Jawbreaker, Bouncing Souls, Shame Club, Hot Snakes, Melvins.

Monday, October 6, 2014

october sixth

Five for October 6th:

Gregg Bissonette. Had an office visit and impromptu clinic/jam session from one of the most esteemed drummers in the world on Friday, currently on tour with Ringo Starr and endorsing our drum kit line. Cool guy. Why I passed on his offer to hang out at the Ritz bar post-show with Todd Rundgren and Steve Lukather, I’ll never know.

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars toys. This trailer makes me drool. Definitely on the must-see list.

Shreddin’. Met up at JB with Andy for a cool fall morning session on Saturday, and had a quick solo dork-around on the PVC slider on Sunday. Speaking of skateboarding, An Ode to Steve Alba should be the next thing you click on.

Cool stuff. Bruiser Queen album release show, new basketball, Amsterdam with Seth and Lindsay for the Cardinals playoffs, Optimus Prime jumbo machinder piƱata, Thai food with mom, Jane’s Halloween costume, New Girl, stuffed pepper soup.

Backyard progress. Passed our little-used chiminea on to some appreciative friends, and the big pile of anchor stones in the corner will soon go to a new home as well. Additionally, got some nice pavers to the basement steps put down and everything trimmed and mowed. Bam.

Friday, October 3, 2014

october third

Five for October 3rd:

Seoul Taco. The home of my absolute favorite burrito on earth announced today that they’ll be moving to a new (bigger) location on Delmar and adding a new Korean BBQ restaurant next door. Lunch in the Loop is about to own.

Thinning the herd. Started listing some stuff on eBay yesterday, and need to keep that train going. With the painless ease of listing offered by the eBay mobile app, there is simply no excuse not to.

Randy Quaid. Not that I keep up with the goings-on of celebrities, but I had no idea he had gone so far off the deep end. What a bummer. (also, my apologies for the uproxx link.)

Cool stuff. Getting paid, Where the Trail Ends on Netflix, pumpkin bread, my attempt at Nintendo Pi, 2014 VCJ graphics, fresh supply of Gevalia K-Cups and peppermint tea.

Weekend action. Birthday party prep, Bruiser Queen, hitting the road, outdoors/backyard work, hanging out with mom, skate sessions, coffee-drinking, dialing in and riding the new GT Performer, playground trip or two with Jane.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

october second

Five for October 2nd:

Beware of Mr. Baker. The Ginger Baker documentary is finally available for streaming on Netflix. Super interesting with tons of amazing archival footage. Definitely worth a watch.

Home projects. Plans to re-do the front steps, driveway, and back deck may not have been finished by summer as we had hoped, but as of yesterday they are all officially finished- and we still have a good chunk of Fall to take advantage of them. To say it's a good feeling to have all these gigantic projects done is a massive understatement.

Mark Furrer. Not looking good for the disgraced Sunset Hills mayor, who yesterday was finally charged with two felonies for his blatant hit-and-run on a cyclist back in July. Here’s hoping for a few good years in the slammer.

Cool stuff. Jane’s Mi Ranchito dance party, new issue of Thrasher in the mail, Vippy’s special, Get Rad for Ray, lunch cruising, BBC News app.

Co-op produce. Our first co-op haul of fruits and vegetables was picked up last night. All this for $25? You truly can’t beat it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

october first

Five for October 1st:

Deck progress. Last major load of lumber was purchased last night, with the stairs and remaining flooring going in (hopefully) today. It’s crazy to think this whole project is nearing completion. I wish I had taken some better “before” photos.

Apop Records. Bummer to hear about Apop shutting down, but ten years is a good long run. Will definitely have to swing through there one more time before they call it a day.

October happenings. Jane turns two, Josh comes in town, Kevin gets bachelor-partied and married, Halloween goes down, Shonen Knife plays Firebird, Phonocaptors farewell show at Plush.

Cool stuff. Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy, having a useable backyard, post-work Ranchito, free Snark metronome, night drumming, construction crew, Lance Mountain Ban This commentary, Salad Days official trailer.

Restock request. I guess people are still buying CDs, because we just got a request for a fresh stock of With A Bang hard copies from our distributor. Good thing we have about five full boxes of them. At this rate, they might be gone by the time I'm 200 years old!